The Arc of Delaware County (Delarc) held its Staff Retreat on July 20th at Scott’s Family Resort located on beautiful Oquaga Lake in Deposit, NY. The Staff Retreat is eagerly looked forward to each year by Delarc’s employees as a chance to interact together as well as have fun, relax, and take part in a variety of learning activities.
The morning program included a presentation by guest speakers, Polly and Dylan Emmons who gave their personal story about living with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism. This mother and son team spoke about how they discovered Dylan had Autism and how they navigated the obstacles and solutions presented to them as Dylan grew up to the amazing young man he is today. Dylan graduated from Ithaca College this Spring and will continue pursuing his interest in writing while working on his Master’s Degree at Sarah Lawrence College this Fall.
After their presentation, a variety of interactive activities were centered around the 6 Unifying Principles of The Arc of Delaware County. Employees were broken into teams as they took up the challenge of each activity that represented a Unifying Principle –Those We Serve Come First, Commit to Excellence, Be Dedicated, Employee Satisfaction, Communicate Effectively, and Be Innovative.
After a delicious luncheon Delarc staff had an opportunity to get to know each other better while participating in a variety of afternoon activities including golf, boat rides, yoga, massage, horseshoes, volleyball, and classes in art (Zentangles), mind exploration,volleyball, fly casting, bicycling, and just plain relaxing around Scott’s Resort.
Several Departments had created gift baskets around the Unifying Principle theme and these were raffled off at the end of the day.
What a great place to work! To find out more about how you can become part of the Delarc Team visit our Career Page at www.delarc.org.